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Tennis is one of the top ranked sports now a days. The game is very popular worldwide. Tennis has gathered over 1 billion fans across the world. Tennis stands at 4th in the list of most popular sports in the world. the sport is also played as a popular college sport across Asia, Europe and America. There are many tennis players who are admired widely for their skillful performances. The world of tennis has produced many famous tennis players over the decades. In this article, we have tried to enlist the greatest tennis players of all time. There is still some intense competition for the no. 1 place and debatable in some manner.
The list has been made based on the legacies and achievements of top tennis players around the world. All these tennis players are extremely hard working and very much passionate about tennis. They gave up everything for the sake of tennis. They all ultimately reached the peak of success and emerged at top of ladder. Let’s have a look at the list of top 10 greatest tennis players of all time.
Top 10 greatest tennis players of all time:
10. Jimmy Connors
Jimmy Connors is a legendary American no. 1 retired tennis player. He seized the top spot of tennis for consecutive 160 weeks (1974-1977), which became a world record that period. Connors was known for his fiery competitiveness and his winning spirit. He secured total 109 career titles in his life. In his peak of success, Connors won 5 US Open, 2 Wimbledon and one Australian Open. In the Open era of 1974, he won three majors in a calendar year with a winning rate of 81.9%. At the age of 39, he reached the semifinals of US open and proved he was worthy where others at this stage will fade away. This great tennis player took the job of a coach after his retirement. He coached many famous tennis players like Andy Roddick and Maria Sharapova.
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9. Ivan Lendl
Ivan Lendl is the pioneer of modern “power tennis”. In the game, he particularly relied upon his incredible strength and heavy topspin from the baseline. He is regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. he was the most prolific tennis player in the 1980s. In his 16 years of tennis career, Lendl secured 8 grand slam single titles which include 3 US open, 3 French open and 2 Australian open. He maintained the no. 1 position for 270 weeks, breaking the previous record of Jimmy Connors. He also marked his name as one of the three best tennis players who won more than 1000 singles during his career. After retirement, he took the responsibility to coach Andy Murray and he did that quite successfully.
8. John McEnroe
John McEnroe was a exceptionally talented player, who was better known for his special touch on volley. The former American tennis player’s name was inducted in the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999. The former world no. 1 won total 7 grand slam singles and a record eight year-end tennis championships titles. He used to amazed the tennis lovers with his superb volleying skills and shot-making artistry. He played his role as United States captain in the Davis cup and led his team to win the cup five times. After his retirement, McEnroe became a television commentator.
7. Andre Agassi
Andre Agassi is a retired American tennis player and one of the biggest tennis superstars. He was the most dominant player from the early 1990s to mid 2000s. he is the winner of 8 grand slams in his career. Agassi was best known for his service returning ability and his charismatic style. He was the only player in the history to achieve the Career Golden grand slam, which was highly praised by the famous Sports Illustrated magazine. He is undoubtedly one of the greatest tennis players of all time. His career was disturbed by multiple muscle injuries namely sciatica and spondylolisthesis. He decided to retire from tennis in 2006 at the age of 36.
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6. Bjorn Borg
Bjorn Borg is a Swedish international and the former no. 1 tennis player in the world. Borg became the first tennis player ever in the history to win 11 grand slam titles, which include six French open and five consecutive Wimbledon. His winning rate of 82.7% is still the best in tennis era. He was teenage sensation in the 1970s. He achieved his grand slam tally just at 25 and became very much popular among the young generation. The immense pressure eventually caused burnout, which led him to retire at just 26. It is easily imaginable what would happen if he spent another 10 years in tennis.
5. Rod Laver
Rodney Laver is one of the greatest tennis players of all time. He is Australian by nationality and the former no. 1 ranked tennis player. Laver won a total 200 singles titles, which are the most in the history of tennis. He is at no. 5 in our list with 11 grand slams in his career. His memorable contribution is notable in five Davis cup titles for Australia team. He could perform on all kinds of court surface of his time: clay, grass, carpet, hard and wood. He was famous for his faultless techniques and aggressive groundstrokes.
4. Novak Djokovic
The Serbian is currently holding the no. 1 spot in world tennis ranking. He has won 11 grand slam singles titles so far. His grand slams include 6 Australian open, 3 Wimbledon and 2 US Open titles. Djokovic has shown enough potential to be at the top of our list. But, still long way to go for this youngster. In 2015 US open, he reached the final for the sixth time and met Roger Federer. Dojokovic defeated him in four sets to grab his 3rd grand slam title of that year. Djokovic has proven to be an all-court player, who has powerful groundstrokes. His back-hand is regarded as the most powerful and accurate today’s game. Novak Djokovic is clearly a most talent tennis player in the world.
3. Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras from California, United States is another legendary tennis player. The former no. 1 tennis player earned the nickname “Pistol Pete” for his incredible accuracy in serving. He was best known for producing aces on critical points. Later in his career, he became more offensive and often employed chip-and-charge strategy. Before going to retirement in 2002, he bagged 14 grand slams ( 2 Australian open, 7 Wimbledon and 5 US open). He was at no. 1 consecutively for 5 years (1993-1998). He is an iconic figure in world tennis.
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2. Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal, the Spanish international has secured 14 grand slam titles so far. The former world no. 1 is regarded as the most deadliest player at the clay-court. He achieved a record 9 French open titles, which proves that he is the undefeated champion of clay. His aggressive style of play and heavy topspin groundstrokes are very exciting to watch. He has developed a strong left hand in making strokes. He is the only male tennis player to win single grand slam tournament a record nine consecutive times. His all court performance has made him one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Although he is currently struggling with his form, he has the strength to come back and regain his honor once again.
1. Roger Federer
Here we are at no. 1 and it’s none other than great Roger Federer. His incredible achievements made him the greatest of them all. He won a record 17 grand slam single titles (4 Australian open, 1 French open, 7 Wimbledon, and 5 US open). Roger is very much fond of breaking records after records. He held the world no. 1 for 302 weeks, which was never done before by any tennis player. He reached each grand slam final for at least five times. Federer won total 302 matches in the grand slam. The Swiss superstar has achieved Laureus world Sportsman of the Year for a record four consecutive years. He is an all-round and all-court player. He is incredible with fluid style and sharp shot making. John McEnroe mentioned Federer’s forehand as “the greatest shot in our sport”. Federer is truly a phenomenon in the world of tennis and undoubtedly he is the no. 1 top tennis player in the recent time.